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World-Ending Fire

The Essential Wendell Berry
$37.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781640090286
In stock now: 3

The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.

Wendell Berry’s formula for a good life and a good community is simple and pleasingly unoriginal. Slow down. Pay attention. Do good work. Love your neighbours. Love your place. Stay in your place. Settle for less, enjoy it more…

This selection is chosen from hundreds of essays written over five decades.

With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy—the natural world will not survive it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

As Paul Kingsnorth writes in his intro:

Soil is the recurring image in these essays. Again and again, Berry worries away at the question of topsoil. This is both a writer’s metaphor and a farmer’s reality, and for Wendell Berry, metaphors always come second to reality. ‘No use talking about getting enlightened or saving your soul,’ he wrote to his friend, the poet Gray Snyder, in 1980, ‘if you can’t keep the topsoil from washing away.’…

 

Here, at the beginning of his 1988 essay ’The Work of Local Culture,’ he describes an old galvanized bucket hanging on a fence post near a hollow, in a wood on what was once his grandfather’s farm. In the bucket, slowly and over many decades, soil is being born:

 

The old bucket has hung there through many autumns, and the leaves have fallen around it and some have fallen into it. Rain and snow have fallen into it, and the fallen leaves have held the moisture and so have rotted. Nuts have fallen into it, or been carried into it by squirrels; mice and squirrels have eaten the meat of the nuts and left the shells; they and other animals have left their droppings; insects have flown into the bucket and died and decayed; birds have scratched in it and left their droppings and perhaps a feather or two. This slow work of growth and death, gravity and decay, which is the chief work of the world, has by now produced in the bottom the bucket several inches of black humus. I look into that bucket with fascination because I am a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts, and I recognize there an artistry and a farming far superior to mine, or to that of any human.

 “Read [Berry] with pencil in hand, make notes, and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here.” —The New York Times

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Relational Mindfulness

A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781614294139
In stock now: 2

A guidebook on how to embody compassionate awareness in all of our relationships—with self, one another, and our planet—in an age of global uncertainty.

We all struggle at times with how to bring meditation off the cushion and into the beautiful, dynamic, and messy realm of relationship. At a time when humanity seems to have forgotten our inherent interrelatedness, this book offers an inspiring set of principles and practices for deepening intimacy and remembering the interconnection that is our birthright. Eden Tull interweaves heartfelt personal stories, sharing her journey from seven years as a monastic in a silent Zen Monastery to living and teaching in the megatropolis of Los Angeles and beyond, with teachings and mindful inquiry to help the reader connect personally with the principles of Relational Mindfulness.

In a voice that is transparent, vulnerable, and brave, Tull shares possibilities for integrating mindfulness: in a gentle yet powerful tone, she covers topics ranging from balance and personal sustainability to sexuality to conscious consumerism.

Relational Mindfulness is based on the simple understanding that the most subtle form of love is attention. While a revolution usually means to evolve and change, this shift is actually a return to a simple and sacred understanding we seem to have forgotten—one we can only remember when we are present.

“A blueprint to take our mindfulness practice out into every corner of our life. Skillfully weaving practical exercises, personal stories, and illuminating observations, Deborah Eden Tull shows us how we can practice everywhere: personally, relationally, socially, and ecologically. This wise and compassionate book is a wakeup call for our times.” Diana Winston, author of Fully Present: The Science Art and Practice of Mindfulness

“Eden Tull meets us where we live: in constant interaction with self, other, world. What she offers is ripened now by her engagement with the challenges of a society in crisis. Our work together has generated my great respect for her integrity, deepening my appreciation for this marvel of a book.” –Joanna Macy, author, Coming Back to Life

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Stealing Fire

How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9780062429667
In stock now: 3

 Its the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and its hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.

Author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning:

In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.

Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history.

The ecstatics are coming out of the closet… Around the world, revelers, soldiers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and business leaders are leveraging these insights for a common goal: a glimpse above the clouds. First in isolation, then in increasing numbers, and now, if you know where to look, virtually everywhere you look. We are witnessing a groundswell, a growing movement to storm heaven and steal fire. It’s a revolution in human possibility.

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Forest Bathing

How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
By: Qing Li
$27.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9780525559856
In stock now: 3

Here’s a definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness.

Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees—what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—can ease our system, enhance our appreciation, and enrich our wellness.

In this beautiful book of “forest browsing”—featuring more than 100 color photographs from forests around the world, including the forest therapy trails that criss-cross Japan—Dr. Qing Li, the world's foremost expert in forest medicine, shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

Once you’ve discovered the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness.

Dr. Qing Li is the world's foremost expert in forest medicine. A medical doctor at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School, he has been a visiting fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is a founding member and chairman of the Japanese Society for Forest Medicine, a leading member of the Task Force of Forests and Human Health, and the vice president and secretary general of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine.

your guide to forest bathing

Your Guide to Forest Bathing

Experience the Healing Power of Nature
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Conari Press
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781573247382
In stock now: 12

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called "shinrin yoku," which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

Forest bathing is a gentle, meditative practice of connecting with nature. Simply being present, with all of our senses, in a forest or other wild area, can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. It is a simple, accessible antidote to our nature-starved lives and can inspire us to become advocates for healing our relationships with the more-than-human world. This book is both an invitation to take up the practice of forest bathing and an inspiration to connect with nature as a way to help heal both planet and human.

Your senses bring you into the present moment, where you can take in all the forest has to offer, welcoming it, letting it settle inside you

 

Forest bathing is not the same thing as hiking. The destination in forest bathing is “here” not “there.” The pace is slow. The focus is on connection and relationship… Most of us have never learned the art of stillness in nature.

In A Little Book of Forest Bathing, Amos Clifford draws on four decades of wilderness experience to introduce readers to the medicine of being in the forest. Learn about the roots of the practice, the significance of the forest environment, how to deepen your relationship to nature, and how to begin a practice of your own. Practical matters and practicing in urban and suburban environments are also included.

“Forest Bathing: How Microdosing on Nature Can Help With Stress. The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining traction in North America as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.” —The Atlantic

animals' agenda

Animals' Agenda

Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9780807027608
In stock now: 2

Every day we are learning new and surprising facts about just how intelligent and emotional animals are—did you know rats like to play and laugh, and also display empathy, and the ears and noses of cows tell us how they’re feeling? At times, we humans translate that knowledge into compassion for other animals; think of the public outcry against the fates of Cecil the lion or the captive gorilla Harambe. But on the whole, our growing understanding of what animals feel is not resulting in more respectful treatment of them.

Renowned animal-behavior expert Marc Bekoff and leading bioethicist Jessica Pierce explore the real-world experiences of five categories of animals, beginning with those who suffer the greatest deprivations of freedoms and choice—chickens, pigs, and cows in industrial food systems—as well as animals used in testing and research, including mice, rats, cats, dogs, and chimpanzees. Next, Bekoff and Pierce consider animals for whom losses of freedoms are more ambiguous and controversial, namely, individuals held in zoos and aquaria and those kept as companions. Finally, they reveal the unexpected ways in which the freedoms of animals in the wild are constrained by human activities and argue for a more compassionate approach to conservation.

In each case, scientific studies combine with stories of individual animals to bring readers face-to-face with the wonder of our fellow beings, as well as the suffering they endure and the major paradigm shift that is needed to truly ensure their well-being.

The Animals’ Agenda will educate and inspire people to rethink how we affect other animals, and how we can evolve toward more peaceful and less violent ways of interacting with our animal kin in an increasingly human-dominated world.

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Songs of Trees

Stories from Nature's Great Connectors
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9780143111306
In stock now: 4

David Haskell’s The Forest Unseen won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, in The Songs of Trees, he explores the biological networks that surround and include all species, including humans.

Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the world to stop, listen, and look, exploring each tree’s connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants, and demonstrating how the lives of trees and people are deeply interwoven. Several trees, including a balsam fir in Ontario and an Amazonian ceibo, are located in areas that seem mostly natural, but which are affected by industrial development and climate change. Haskell also turns to trees in places where humans seem to have subdued nature— a pear tree on a Manhattan sidewalk, an olive tree in Jerusalem—demonstrating that wildness permeates every location.

Our bodies and minds, our “Science and Art,” are as natural and wild as they ever were… We cannot step outside life’s songs. This music made us; it is our nature... To listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, is to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty.

Every living being is not only sustained by biological connections, but is made from these relationships. We have much to learn from trees, says Haskell; they show us how to thrive and participate in nature’s networks. Roots communicate with neighboring fungi and bacteria, sending chemical messages through the soil. Twigs have memories of light, gravity, heat and minerals. Plant cells in leaves use airborne odors to attract caterpillar-eating insects. Haskell pays particular attention to the “songs,” or sounds, that emerge from or surround trees; behind each sound are fascinating stories of how tree lives are joined to other lives.

With its deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Haskell’s book will make you look at trees [our elders] in an entirely new way.

“Here is a book to nourish the spirit. The Songs of Trees is a powerful argument against the ways in which humankind has severed the very biological networks that give us our place in the world. Listen as David Haskell takes his stethoscope to the heart of nature—and discover the poetry and music contained within.” —Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees

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Resilient

How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
$35.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9780451498847
In stock now: 5

Rick Hanson is known for his trademark blend of neuroscience, positive psychology, and contemplative practices. And now he's showing the way to build the very foundation of well-being: Resilience. Today, people feel rattled by political and economic forces, and realize that they need to be able to rely on their own inner guidance systems in order to stay happy and calm. Not simply about weathering negative experiences, Resilient's groundbreaking program shows you how to harness the power of positive experiences in order to build an unshakeable core.

In this succinct guide to lasting happiness, Dr. Hanson has distilled 40 years of clinical work and teaching into the tools that actually work. Each of these 12 tools grows a key inner strength for resilience, allowing you to enter a positive cycle in which resilience creates a sense of well-being, which creates even more resilience, and so on. Developed from his incredibly popular online course called The Foundations of Well-Being, this practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships.

Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.

 True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.

Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.

Among Rick Hanson’s other books are Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain.

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MindBody Self

How Longevity Is Culturally Learned and the Causes of Health Are Inherited
$23.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781401951306
In stock now: 0

From the author of The MindBody Code comes a new book that examines the impact our cultural beliefs have on our health and longevity. Drawing on extensive scientific research and his years of experience as a clinical neuropsychologist, Mario Martinez explores the cultural conditions that influence our sense of self and explains how this affects the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease as well as the way we think about aging. He lays out the theory and practice of his own mindbody cultural science and offers contemplative exercises and experiential processes to help us translate our minds' intentions into sustainable actions that support well-being.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the "biosymbolic" world
  • The pathology of disease and the anthropology of illness
  • Growing older vs. "cultural aging"
  •  Navigating adversity using uncertainty as a guide
  •  Biocognitive tools for a healthy life, including “Biocognitive Koans for Western Minds.”

Each chapter concludes with a practical exercise that makes complex scientific discoveries not only accessible but applicable. And the glossary is brilliant and useful to understanding the book.

The Mindbody Self takes you on a new journey that shows you how the science of hope is overwhelming the myths of doom. How you have inherited the resilience to handle adversity in ways that may appear magical, although they are based on credible scientific evidence. But like any new journey, this one requires courage to challenge old ways of doing things, and patience to let your cultural brain assimilate the new ways… The good news is that we are designed to choose meaning over survival of the fittest, and love over fear… Enjoy your paradigm shift.

“There is genius at work in these pages. Dr. Martinez presents ideas and techniques that are so startlingly original and innovative that they actually expand the reader’s capacity for astonishment… A must-read book for therapists, physicians, and transformational change agents of every kind.” —Gay Hendricks, coauthor of Conscious Loving Ever After

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Nature Fix

Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9780393355574
In stock now: 4

From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships.

From quick doses of nearby nature to longer spells in wild places… monthly excursions to forests or other restful, escapist natural areas along the lines of what Japan’s Qing Li recommends—a weekend per month—for our immune systems…

 

I’d love to see more wilderness therapy, more kids in summer camp and on nature field trips and on scouting expeditions and on quests of one kind or another, and more opportunities for city populations in general to touch the wild. We all need a regular check-in for personal introspection, goal-setting and spiritual reflection. Best to turn the phone off.

 

Distilling what I learned, I came up with a kind of ultrasimple coda: Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.

As modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

“I’m no tree hugger, but The Nature Fix made me want to run outside and embrace the nearest oak. Not for the tree’s sake but mine. Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us. If Thoreau were steeped in modern neuroscience and possessed an endearingly self-deprecating sense of humor, the result would be this book.” — Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Genius

The Nature Fix is a beautifully written, thoroughly enjoyable exposition of a major principle of human life now supported by evidence in biology, psychology, and medicine.”  — Edward O. Wilson